Trustees Pay Off Debt for Four Small Churches

What is the right thing to when a small church is awarded a grant that turns out to be a loan? A loan that, in one case, is now one hundred and twenty years old? The Trustees of Presbytery of the James encountered this question in November 2021 after receiving a report from the Presbyterian

Five Certified as Earth Care Congregations

Congratulations to the five churches in our presbytery that were certified as Earth Care Congregations through February 2023 by PC(USA)’s Presbyterian Hunger Program. Westminster Church (Charlottesville), certified since 2014 Madison Church, certified since 2018 Second Church (Richmond), certified since 2020 Bon Air Church, certified since 2021 The Presbyterian Church (Fredericksburg), first certified in 2022 Started

Support of Hunger Programs Provides Valuable Aid

Dear Presbytery of The James members and congregations, We have seen two entire years pass in a global pandemic as the Presbyterian Hunger Program continues to partner with you and partners around the country and world to “alleviate hunger and eliminate its root causes.” Sadly, we know that poverty and hunger have risen globally as

Presbytery Supports Proposal About Eastern Europe

At its meeting on February 19, Presbytery of the James voted to support a request to the 225th General Assembly of PC(USA) for more engagement with and education about Eastern Europe. “[The Russian government’s actions toward Ukraine] have made learning about this region of the world and the need to support our siblings there more

Work of Presbyter Search Committee Continues

A search committee charged with recommending candidates for three new staff positions is making steady progress. The committee of seven members is co-chaired by Barbara Flynt, a certified Christian educator at Brandermill Church, and Rev. Jess Cook, interim associate for youth ministry for the presbytery. The committee finalized job descriptions for the positions and received

Highlights of the 110th Meeting

The 110th stated meeting of the Presbytery of the James was held virtually on February 19. Some of the leaders were graciously hosted at Westminster Church in Richmond. Moderator Dan Jordanger, a ruling elder from Providence Church in Gum Spring, called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Jordanger welcomed first-time ruling elder commissioners and

Highlights of the Called Meeting

Presbytery of the James met virtually on January 25, 2022. Some of the meeting leaders were hosted by Westminster Church, Richmond. Moderator Dan Jordanger, a ruling elder from Providence Gum Spring, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led the presbytery in prayer. Interim General Presbyter and Stated Clerk Fred Holbrook introduced Warren

Worship Considerations for Omicron Variant Surge

Three congregations recently have modified their worship practices as a result of the omicron variant surge. Feel free to adopt their language in whole or part as you consider your church’s approach to keeping your community safe. Salisbury Church, Midlothian First Church, Richmond Grace Covenant Church, Overland Park, Kansas Salisbury Church, Midlothian  Salisbury Church in

Our Ministry Together

We are deeply grateful for all that we have been able to do and to be through you, especially during a pandemic. Our congregations and ministry partners have shown a strong resilience to continue to be in ministry in the places where they are called to serve. Our presbytery has also remained resilient as we